Writers interviewed

My interview with Carol Drinkwater just published. Her new novel, The Lost Girl, is set in Paris and published next month.

Stepping into medieval London

‘The only plagues of London are the immoderate drinking of fools and the frequency of fires’ wrote William Fitz Stephen in his account of the city in the 12th century. On a recent trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts I came across a little book called Norman London in a second-hand bookshop. The book contained Fitz Stephen’s…

A writing life in France

at Hotel Les Fleurines 17 Boulevard Haute Guyenne Villefranche-de-Rouergue, 12200 France organised by The English Library   Many writers, from Joyce to Hemingway, have seen and used the value of the estranged position. Not entirely fitting in, being a bit of a voyeur is the ideal position for a writer. Not belonging can allow a…

Final rewrite

At that satisfying stage again – ready for the final rewrite of my next novel, before sending it off to the editors at Impress Books. It is the second in a trilogy of novels on Nest ferch Rhys and the struggle between the Normans and the Welsh in the 12th century. This new book, Conquest:…

Murder Mystery in France

My interview with author, Stephen Goldenberg, has just been published on The Displaced Nation website. Goldenberg has written and self-published a murder mystery set in France and thrillers set in Britain. He is now working on a novel about a man who modelled for the artist, Francis Bacon. Stephen and I are talking about our…

Good questions on the writing process

I am currently on a Blog Tour for my new novel, Conquest: Daughter of the Last King and have been tackling some very good questions from bloggers about researching, writing and publishing processes, as well questions about the novel itself. See some of my answers here: Trip Fiction, 16 October 2016 The Cosy Reader, 10…

Historical Novel Society Conference 2016 in Oxford

The next UK Historical Novel Society conference will be held in Oxford in September 2016. Conference speakers include Fay Weldon, Tracy Chevalier, Melvyn Bragg and Kate Williams. In addition to authors’ presentations, there are panels, workshops, one-to-ones with editors and agents, networking opportunities, 1066 re-enactors and more. The Historical Novel Society is for writers and…

Fiction Event in London

  The End of Time: 10th Century Vikings in France and Wales Guildhall Library Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH Wednesday 1 April 2015 2pm – 3pm     Tracey Warr will talk about the history behind her new novel, The Viking Hostage, set in late 10th century France and Wales, weaving together the stories of three women living through…